guys I speak in Spanglish these days so if my grammar is weird you know why. It
still doesn´t feel like I am in Mexico, probably because we are in these 90
acres of awesomeness. The weather here has been super weird, there have been
hurricanes on the coasts of Mexico so it rains everyday and Vegas girl can´t
hang. You can also see your breath in the morning... it´s that cold and I didn´t
bring a jacket, but no worries the spirit is keeping me warm. There´s so much to
tell you guys and I got a gazillion emails and I will try to answer all your
questions on here, if not I will write a real letter. The mail service is iffy,
but if you guys wanted to share the love, the CCM (MTC) gets Dear Elders so yeah
show this Hermana some love. I love calling myself a Hermana. It´s the
greatest calling in the world. Not only do we get to cut the elderes in line in
the comidor, but we get treated sooo much better including the exgtra 20 pesos
we get each week, which is a lot trust me. My district is soooo tight. There are
10 elderes and 4 hermanas. The elderes are going to Ecuador, while me and my
comp are going to Orlando and the other sisters are going to Riverside, CA. (I
am so grateful I am serving stateside... let´s just leave it at that.) My
teacher is Hermana Saucedo and she is from here and served her mission in Temple
Square and I can´t even begin to tell you how much not only my spanish has grown
in this short week, but also how much I have grown. My first lesson with
one of my investigators, Luis, was very humbling to say the least. I walked out
just bawling. Me and mi companera decided to bring in notes, but it ended up
being a complete fail becuase the spirit wasn´t there. It really isn´t about
perfect spanish it´s just making sure that my investigators (even if there are
teachers) are feeling the spirit. But man our lesson yesterday went SO WELL and
I am so beyond grateful for that. This morning we got to attend a temple
session and it was perfect. It´s nice to take a break from here and get away for
a bit. It´s about a 45 minute drive to the temple, but seriously Mexican
drivers are the craziest. They drive so close to eachother and our bus driver
even bought bananas from a car next to us.. yeah that was weird, but delicious.
No matter where you go the temple is the same, even if you don´t understand
whats going on, the spirit I felt today was the same I felt every time I
went in Vegas. I can´t believe I only have 77 more weeks till I am home...
NOOOOOOOOOOOO. The time is flying by and I am so completely happy here. No
homesickness yet, unlike the girls in my casa. Also, no upset stomach
sickness yet either so I have been incredibly blessed.
There are so many awesome and AWKWARD events that occur daily so
I will just summarize them...
1. Being able to actually use this keyboard is making my day. I
stuggled the first day I got here.
2. Being here at the CCM is not only the coolest thing ever, but we
got to celebrate Mexico´s Independence Day, which makes all the mystery
meats and cold showers worth it so far. There ain´t no party like a
Mexican party, let me tell you. *DONT EAT THE MYSTERY MEAT. EVER* But at
this celebration we got to participate in the Mexican grito and watch these
Mexican dances. SO. COOL. My favorite part of that night though was when
the performers came out on the stage and started singing a song. It sounded very
familiar and then we figured out it was the EFY Medley.. the
natives and performers were signing in Spanish while we were singing in
English and it probably fits in to the top 10 spiritual moments I have ever
had. Someone once told me that hymns in Spanish sounded horrible, but they
are so beautiful in every single way and I actually don´t sound like a dying cow
when I sing here so yeah I actually still have friends.
3. Now that we are talking about singing, there is nothing like singing
Called to Serve in your mission language. That is all.
4. We have taught 3 lessons already. Yes, in spanish. THE GIFT OF TONGUES
IS REAL PEOPLE. Our "investigators" name are luis and pedro... Pedro left
so we only have Luis right now and he is progressing... little by little. I
can pray and bare my testimony in Spanish and say random sentences. My district
thinks I know a lot, but they must be fooled. I can´t wait to be fluent. That
will be a blessed day.
Awkward: (if you know me, then you know I am
1. One morning me and my comp were walking to our class and every zone
meets in a certain building and all the classes look the same so I totally
walked into the wrong class, which was full of a different district and didn´t
realize for a good 5 seconds that I was in the wrong one. Met a few new friends
that day so all is good in el CCM.
2. Never... call your investigator Padre. hahaha mi companera was so
embarrassed, but he laughed and said something in spanish. What he said we have
no idea, but it was HILARIOUS.
The devotionals here and Sundays in general are the BEST. EVER. Elder
Holland is the man and I will try to send home some notes next week. I just have
no time and need to upload my pictures for you guys!
I love you all so much and I know that the Lord is so glad I am here. I am
so glad I am here. This first week was super difficult, but by turning to the
Lord and solely relying on him I have been comforted beyond belief and blessed
with an incredible portion of his spirit. I have never felt His love more
strongly in my life as Ihave this week. You are all Heavenly Father´s
children and He loves you all more than you can imagine.